Finally…pesach is over and the taste of rye can once again grace my tongue. Lots of great brisket and matzo balls consumed though…and why can’t we have charroset on the menu more often?
I’ve heard from several sources in the deli industry that Katz’s Delicatessen in New York, the oldest deli in the country and likely the world, and the deli to which all others are compared is potentially up for sale. It’s been reported that they are asking in the neighborhood of $30 million for the restaurant and property at the corner of Houston and Ludlow, the heart of the Lower East Side. Considering the place is surrounded by cranes and condos this should come as no surprise, though keep in mind that this is just a rumor and has yet to be confirmed. There’s also the high probability that whoever buys the business will keep it running, just as current owner Fred Austin did when he bought the place in the 1980′s.
Still, if true, and if the sale is to make way for development, than the deli world could receive a blow unparalelled thus far and it would be a shonda in the truest sense of the word.
If you have any information, please email me, and if not than start your prayers deli lovers. We’re in the fight of our lives. Unless of course anyone wants to plop down $30 mil…